The Office of Academic Affairs provides leadership that supports and enhances the mission of the college. Its focus is on strengthening student learning, curriculum, accreditation, program review, online learning, partnerships and assessment. The office is committed to the values of the college: Empowerment, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity and Collaboration.
Academic Program Review and Assessment
All Northwood Tech academic programs undergo a formal review on a regular basis as part of our continuous improvement efforts. In addition, the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) requires each of the 16 technical colleges to conduct a regular review process of all academic programs.
The purpose of the academic program review is to determine the strengths and challenges of the existing program and to set strategies and plans of continuous improvement in order to provide future learners with more competitive skills, viable knowledge, and a quality education. This will ensure we are meeting business and industry needs by supplying a trained workforce.
Academic program review is part of the College‘s overall planning process. It is designed to assist the College in identifying the strengths and challenges in existing programs. The process connects data with strategies to create meaningful improvement activities affecting student learning.
The Academic Program Review Process includes the following steps:
- Step 1: Plan - Data Analysis and Review
- Teams will include faculty, program directors, academic and program deans. Program teams will meet with the Institutional Effectiveness staff to assist with analyzing the data. The data from the Program Dashboard, Technical Skills Attainment, Employability Essentials, and other resources create opportunities to ask questions, consider trends, explore best practices, conduct root cause analysis, and fully examine program strengths and opportunities. A review of the current improvement plan provides valuable insight and allows objectives and action items to be modified or carried forward.
- Step 2: Do - Develop the plan for next year
- Program teams will develop a plan, including objectives/goals, action items, and timelines. All objectives relate to student learning and program effectiveness.
- Step 3: Implement the Plan
- Improvement plans begin in June and continue for one year.
- Step 4: Monitor and Update
- Monitoring of the plan occurs throughout the year and includes check-in meetings in August, November and January. A documented update is required at the 6-month mark in January.
- Step 5: Review, Report, and Repeat
- Program teams examine the results of the improvement plan to determine if action items should be modified or carried forward to the next year.
Academic Program Review completed program portfolios
Review teams will complete the first four steps throughout the review year. Drafts of each section will be submitted for feedback. Each program will develop and submit a final review portfolio that will document the activities of the review as well as the planned improvements.
2021 Listing of Programs Reviewed
- 2019 Listing of Programs Reviewed
- Broadband Technologies
- Construction and Cabinetmaking
- Criminal Justice Studies
- Dairy Herd Management
- Early Childhood Education
- Dairy Herd Management
- Early Childhood Education
- General Studies - Communications
- Industrial Maintenance Technician
- Machine Tool Operation - CNC
- Medical Administrative Professional
- Medical Assistant
- Occupational Therapy Assistant
2018 Listing of Programs Reviewed
- Administrative Professional
- Automated Packaging Systems Technician
- Automation for Industrial Systems
- Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement 720 Academy
- Financial Services
- General Studies - Mathematics
- Health Information Technology
- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
- Paramedic Technician
Program outcomes communicate performance expectations to students by describing major occupational or discipline-specific skills expected of all program graduates. Assessment of program outcomes ensures that continuous improvement is taking place and will demonstrate accountability to constituents (students, employers, accrediting bodies, etc.)
Find each program's outcomes on their individual program page.
General Studies Competencies And Course Assessment
Course Competencies describe the major skills/knowledge students must master to pass a course. Assessment of course competencies reflect whether or not students are able to adequately master the content of the course.
General Studies offers courses in communication, mathematics, science, social science, and behavioral science that provide the foundation for degree, certificate, and diploma programs at Northwood Tech. General Studies courses will be assessed each year according to an identified schedule with results being posted on a yearly basis.
Prepared Learner courses equip students with the skills necessary to master college-level curricula. Accuplacer test scores, academic history, self-awareness, and/or length of time away from formal education steer students to these courses. Prepared Learner courses carry college credits and are eligible for financial aid. They cannot be counted for degree credit. Students whose placement scores require Prepared Learner enrollment must complete each required class with a grade of C or higher before registering for the subsequent General Studies course.
General Studies courses will be assessed each year according to an identified schedule with results being posted on a yearly basis.
Click on the course title below to view the course’s course outcome summary, which includes the course competencies and recent assessments:
- 10804107 College Mathematics
- 10804113 College Technical Mathematics 1A
- 10804114 College Technical Mathematics 1B
- 10804115 College Technical Mathematics 1
- 10804116 College Technical Mathematics 2
- 10804123 Math with Business Applications
- 10804133 Mathematics and Logic
- 10804138 Math for Health Professionals
- 10804189 Introductory Statistics
- 32804355 Math 355
- 32804364 Math 364
- 32804365 Math 365
- 32804373 Math 373
- 32804383 Math 383
- 10834109 Pre-Algebra
- 10806112 Principles of Sustainability
- 10806122 Natural Sciences in Society
- 10806134 General Chemistry
- 10806140 Chemistry
- 10806175 Pathophysiology
- 10806177 General Anatomy and Physiology
- 10806179 Advanced Anatomy and Physiology
- 10806197 Microbiology
- 10806198 Human Biology
- 31806310 Science for Cosmetologists
- 31806352 Applied Physical Science
- 32806300 Applied Materials Science
- 32806351 Applied Science
- Social Science
- Behavioral Science
- Prepared Learner